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The Albany Advantage

We Are Albany Law

What makes an Albany Law School student? It is the drive to lead. It is the willingness to seize opportunity. It is the desire to serve— to make an impact.

These traits have defined us since 1851. Our students choose Albany Law School because here they are empowered. Here, they are inspired. Here, they change lives. Here, they make connections far outside the classroom. Here, they become leaders, advocates, change-agents, problem solvers.

 

Better Opportunities

Stretch beyond the boundaries. At Albany Law School, your classroom is New York state’s capital—its courtrooms, its legislative chambers, its agencies, its thriving business sectors.

Albany Law School encourages you to explore further, aim higher, and think bigger.

Customize your experience by choosing from six Opportunity Pathways and 17 concentrations.

Chart your areas of study, find guidance through mentorship, gain internship and hands-on experiences, participate in related activities, and develop your professional identity. What awaits at the end?

An extraordinary career.

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Bigger Impact

Go beyond the textbook. Effect change in the lives of underrepresented clients by performing legal work through The Justice Center, lend neighbors a helping hand with the pro bono society, or shape policy by researching critical issues for the Government Law Center.

At Albany Law School, you will gain real-world, hands-on experience— and you will find ample opportunities to make a difference.

     

      Make a lasting difference for underrepresented clients through The Justice Center at Albany Law School. Each year, students in our award-winning clinics represent hundreds of individuals and groups who cannot afford or have no access to legal representation. Students work on actual cases under the close supervision of staff and faculty members, conducting research, interviewing clients, negotiating, arguing before judges, closing deals, and trying cases in court or before administrative tribunals.

      Join the next generation of leaders in public service. The Government Law Center at Albany Law School provides the nonpartisan legal research and analysis that state and local governments need to better serve their communities. By bringing together a diverse and inclusive group of lawyers, law students, scholars, and community partners, the Government Law Center prepares students for careers as skilled and leading attorneys in public service while informing nationwide conversations on government and the law.

      At Albany Law School, students have ample opportunities to make a difference through student-led initiatives. Make a meaningful contribution by joining an existing pro bono project—or organize your own based on your interests. Albany Law School’s dynamic Pro Bono Society helps countless community members by providing:

      • Tax assistance to low-income families;
      • Legal education workshops for senior citizens and veterans Information on eviction defense to tenants;
      • Legal research for civil rights organizations;
      • Voting rights information and registration support to prisoners;
      • And more.

      Impact by the Numbers

      52,000

      hours of pro bono and public service work by the class of 2019

      11,000

      pro bono hours contributed through the justice center's in-house clinics

      300+

      detained migrants helped by students in the immigration law clinic in 2018-2019

      100+

      senior citizens each year who attend free student- organized workshops

      12+

      active pro bono society projects—and counting

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      We will be announcing future online chats, virtual open houses and information sessions, and other useful links to content that can help you get to know Albany Law School better. As they have always been, various members of our Albany Law community, including admissions and career counselors, faculty, current students, and alumni, are immediately available to you by email, telephone, and video conferencing platforms.

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      Albany Law School's Student Ambassadors want to hear from you! Connect one-on-one with an ambassador and get insight into not only Albany Law School, but the law school experience as a whole.

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